Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump should begin in mid-February and, according to multiple sources on the call, favorite during a conference call with Republican allies on Thursday Set the time.
Included in McConnell’s proposal is a deal to begin Senate proceedings in February so that both sides can properly prepare, according to many, on calls for a second impeachment trial of former Trump. Schumer could be prepared for the proposal, allowing him more time to confirm President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees.
Sen. Mike Rods, who was on the call, said his understanding is that McConnell, R-Ky., Briefed the conference before Schumer, D.N.Y.
“I think we know that we want to make sure that if the Democrats are going to conduct this impeachment, the president has the right to due process. And to do that he has to prepare a case, they The rules have been found to be established and so I think it would be very difficult to start before that, ”said Rounds, RSD.
Senator Mike Braun of R-Ind also told NBC News that he thinks the trial could begin in mid-February.
McConnell’s office immediately commented.
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Schumer, DN.Y., have drawn attention to the trial timing question today when asked by reporters. Pelosi has not yet indicated when she will send the impeachment article to the Senate, but says “soon.”